Scientific Achievements

POTENTIAL FOR GREEN HYDROGEN TO UPGRADE BIOGAS

Calibration of the Potential for Green Hydrogen to Upgrade Biogas to Renewable Biomethane and Increase Biomethane Output by over 70% from a Biogas Facility: Utilising CO2 in biogas is serendipitous in that the system can use a cheap concentrated source of CO2 and function as an upgrading system converting biogas to biomethane that can use the existing gas grid. Biological methanation adds 70% to the output from a biogas facility and lends itself to existing digester systems

DEVELOPMENT OF A NEW GLOBAL HOURLY POWER SYSTEM MODEL

MaREI has developed a new global hourly power system model entitled PLEXOS-World. Deep decarbonisation of the global electricity sector requires improved models to facilitate an understanding of the global challenges ahead, particularly on the concept of large-scale interconnection of power systems. This model is a first of a kind, allowing us to understand the detailed operation of most of the Worlds Power Plants, and to determine how the power system must change to align with the Paris Agreement. The breakthrough is in terms of the model detail, size and complexity, as well as its openness and transparency

NOVEL TRANSDISCIPLINARY CLIMATE ACTION

MaREI researchers are partnering with companies and community groups to co-design and co-develop pathways for reducing GHG emissions associated with energy and agriculture. This includes the completion of a participatory mapping exercise, which focalised a wide spectrum of internal and external stakeholders to assist in delivering a range of goals as outlined by the participants, and to outline the supports required to successfully achieve these goals. This acted as a co-designed research intervention stemming from local discussions on the need to highlight the range of active stakeholders involved in a series of sustainability initiatives on the peninsula. Our researchers also led the co-development of an energy master plan for the peninsula, and we have been actively involved in a range of socio-economic workshops across the peninsula